|May 1, 2008|
|2008 USD School of Law-Procopio International Tax Institute
Course 6: International Aspects of Mexico's New Tax Reform:
The Tax Nature of IETU and Availability of Foreign Tax Credits
|March 11, 2008|
|Originalism: Lessons From Some Things That Go Without Saying
by Robert Bennett, Nathaniel L. Nathanson Professor of Law and Former Dean of Northwestern University School of Law
The lecture explores the possibilities and limitations of what is called "originalism" in constitutional interpretation, the attempt to restrain interpretation by reference to the constitutional text and the "meanings" originally associated with that text. There is a large amount of literature on this subject, but rather little attention is paid to things that the text leaves unsaid. The lecture concentrates on three matters about which there are different sorts of "silences" in the text itself or in the interpretive stance of federal courts, the role of political parties, the meaning of a "republican form of government," and the role to be played by presidential electors.